Colorado’s chillhum closes out 2021 with a powerful set of songs, ‘snow’ and ‘listen along’
chillhum follows up his 3-track EP, Killing Time (Remixes), with two tracks that show the artist’s versatility.
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Colorado alternative/indie pop creator, chillhum (Ethan Bedell) has released a duo of tracks to close out 2021 strong. ‘snow’ and ‘listen along’ have little similarities besides being released at the same time. ‘snow’ has a more laid back vibe. It’s a track that you put on in the early hours of the weekend. Something to get you moving, but not too fast. ‘listen along’ on the other hand is more guitar-driven and backed at times by a syncopated beat.
chillhum confirms our belief on how the tracks lack similarities beyond the release date, “I actually recorded them in different places; ‘snow’ was written/recorded here in my apartment in Denver Colorado, and ‘listen along’ was actually mostly created while I was visiting my parents in Madison, Connecticut.” chillhum goes on to give a detailed background on each of the tracks:
“‘snow’ is more personal lyrically in that I wrote it reflecting on when I was a teenager. I used to listen to reggae music all the time and I always remember enjoying it, even more, when we got snowy weather in the northeast where I grew up. I also first got introduced to electronic music in those years and heard a lot of the songs that got me into it in the car with my friend; during the winter months we would drive to this area of our town that was pretty much deserted until summer and listen to music, and I draw a lot of descriptions from that. The lyrics tie all those experiences together really nicely for me and give the song a fun nostalgic vibe. The beat fits this perfectly too, I think because it combines that guitar melody with more electronically based elements similar to how my taste in music was evolving at the time.”
‘listen along’ is more about the general type of person who claims to be really into art and artistic value but is actually far more ‘surface level’ than the average person. I think most of us have known someone who obviously overstates their interest/knowledge in something for the benefit of their own ego, and this song is, in a way, dedicated to that person. This type of person also tends to ‘move on’ from things they claim to love extra quickly, which further exacerbates the issue artists face of how constant output is the only way to gain attention. It also is a little about how these people often find themselves in positions of power, so when they are discouraging you have to be able to take it with a grain of salt and trust your own vision.”
Although each is different they complement each other quite well. A ying/yang tandem that’s a solid listen.
‘snow & listen along’ are available everywhere now.